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Nov 16 2015

VMware releases Photon Controller

Today VMware released Photon Controller another component in their new container architecture that was announced months ago. I really haven’t been up to speed on all the container stuff but I attended a blogger briefing on this latest piece last week so I have a little better understanding of it now. I’ll try and summarize what I learned:

  • There are several components to VMware’s container architecture, Lightwave (identity and access management), Photon Machine (stripped down ESXi), Photon Controller (management, kind of like vCenter) and Photon OS (container runtime environment).


  • All components are open-sourced, Lightwave and Photon OS already launched, Photon Controller is the last piece to launch.
  • Below is a figure depicting VMware’s long-term architecture for the Photon Controller, you can see that integration into traditional vSphere tools like vROPs and Log Insight is planned along with 3rd party integration:


  • Below is a figure depicting the Photon Platform architecture, got to love how VMware is still using the term ESX (maybe they are bringing it back):


  • vSphere Integrated Containers is a separate infrastructure to Photon Platform and runs on traditional vSphere. Here’s VMware’s comparison of the two:


  • Photon Platform does run on a stripped down ESXi hypervisor with a container runtime environment based on Photon OS. VMware wouldn’t say exactly what all was stripped out but some features that don’t fit into supporting containers were removed (i.e. HA, FT, DRS, integration APIs).
  • I saw a demo of Photon Controller in action (below), most of the management and deployment is all CLI right now and it’s completely different from vSphere and very developer focused. To me it seemed like a pretty steep learning curve if you are used to traditional vSphere. Note Photon uses “Flavors” for resource policy management.



  • Photon Machine has no support for any of the current vSphere Storage APIs (VAAI/VASA), that may come later.
  • Photon Machine only supports VMFS, no VVols support, that may come later.
  • There is currently no management plug-in integration like there is in vCenter for 3rd party vendors to add-on to it.
  • You can run Photon Controller as a VM in VMware Fusion or Workstation so you can have a whole container development environment on a desktop or laptop.

There is still a lot that I need to learn and understand about this new architecture. It will be interesting to see how VMware continues to develop and evolve this and how they position it against vSphere integrated containers. Here are some additional resources to help you learn more about it:

Nov 13 2015

Rage Against the Virtual Machine

In a play on the rap/metal band Rage Against the Machine, SolarWinds has launched their own version call Rage Against the Virtual Machine to promote awareness of the challenges that Sys Admins face dealing with virtual environments. Here’s some information on their latest Thwack monthly mission:



When your shin finds a drawer that is out of position, it might put a strain on your disposition. A flat tire in the driveway when you try to leave, might make you start feeling a little bit peeved. But when all your VMs have escaped from their cage, you’re sure to start thinking that it’s time for some rage! Rage against the virtual machine that is. This month’s thwack mission, “Rage Against the Virtual Machine,” puts you deep in the heart of your virtualized environment. Solve the riddles, earn bonus points, and possibly walk away with the grand prize: a PlayStation® 4 Limited Edition Star Wars® Battlefront® 500GB Bundle. May you emerge victorious and regain your sovereignty over those mutinous virtualized assets.

In addition to the awesome prizes and thwack points up for grabs this month, they have also created a mission “shortcut” to earn the way cool Rage Against the Virtual Machine t-shirt by simply downloading SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and then uploading a screenshot of the “Storage” tab.

RageTShirtAnd now you do what they told ya and go check out their contest, maybe win some great stuff and go virtualizing in the name of…

Nov 13 2015

I reckon that you should check out TechReckoning

My good friend and community guy extraordinaire John Troyer finally has a website up and running to support his TechReckoning endeavour. If you hadn’t heard, after many years of building up VMware’s social media communities John left to launch his own business helping companies with social media challenges and to try and build out a vendor independent tech community.

His newsletter has been up and running for almost a year and is always full of good and interesting information along with viewpoints from members of the community. Now he is actively blogging on his newly launched website as well. In addition he he has also started a podcast that you might give a listen to. I’ve known John for almost 10 years and I think you’ll find his viewpoints and industry perspectives based on his experience from his many years in the trenches at VMware both interesting and entertaining.

So what are you waiting for, I reckon that you mozy on over to check out the website, signup for the newsletter and give his podcast  a listen.

Nov 12 2015

VM-level encryption is finally coming to vSphere

The ability to encrypt a VM at the VM-level natively using vSphere has long been something that was not an option in vSphere but that may change soon. At VMworld this year there was a tech preview session of a new VM encryption technology that will be coming to a future release of vSphere. I had that session scheduled by missed it due to a conflict and unfortunately VMware chose not to include it in the session recordings that are available to registered attendees. The description of the session from the VMworld Content Catalog is below:


INF5339 – Protect your VM data with VM Encryption for vSphere and vCloud Air
All disks and metadata files associated with a Virtual Machine are the most important customers assets in on-premise and hybrid cloud scenarios. A “data at rest” encryption solution is essential to protect these assets against security threats to Virtual Machines. Get a better understanding of how VMware’s upcoming VM encryption solution will protect these assets!

Yuecel Karabulut – Product Line Manager, VMware
Swapneel Kekre – Sr. Engineering Manager, VMware Inc

Why do we need encryption at all? Encryption of data is becoming more and more required due to a number of industry and governmental compliance mandates such as PCI, SOX and HIPAA that are designed to protect sensitive personal and financial data. In addition virtualization opens up whole new avenues of stealing data as servers (VMs) can now be transported out of a data center over a wire or in someone’s pocket. Encryption ensures that data cannot be read by someone who manages to get their hands on a VMDK file. I’ve previously written about the importance of securing your virtual world, encryption is another defensive tool you can use to protect VMs.

vm-thief3It’s possible to encrypt VMs right now in vSphere but its not that easy or straightforward and requires 3rd party hardware or software. Encryption can be done at the array level using hardware level solutions such as encrypted switches, drives or controllers, but these solutions are not granular to the VM-level. Other solutions such as HyTrust’s DataControl integrates with VMware to offer VM-level encryption but it requires the purchase and setup of a 3rd party solution. This blog post by VMware details this solution. You can also encrypt inside the VM at the guest OS-level but this complicates management of the VM and adds additional resource overhead.

Native encryption built right into vSphere would be an ideal solution as it would be much simpler and easy to setup and manage. I can see this integrated with VMware’s Storage Policy Based Management and possibly leverage the new vSphere APIs for I/O filtering that allows 3rd party vendors to integrate inline with a VMs storage I/O stream. VMware Workstation already supports VM-level encryption so VMware has already done some work to make this a reality. I also suspect VMware will make this available in both vSphere and vCloud Air so encrypted VMs have cloud mobility.

Beyond the VMworld tech preview session little other information is available on the new VM-level encryption in vSphere but I suspect it would be part of the next major release of vSphere. Let’s hope it doesn’t take as long as it took to support SMP Fault Tolerance which was a tech preview session at VMworld for several years before it finally made it into vSphere 6.0. So for now we’ll just have to wait or if you need something right away check with your SAN vendor or try one of the 3rd party solutions such as HyTrust DataControl.

Nov 08 2015

Attend a VMUG wearing just your underwear

You might get yourself thrown out of a physical VMUG if you showed up wearing just your underwear but you can wear anything you want or nothing at all when you attend a virtual VMUG. Well provided you’re at home you can, at your office you might get some funny looks. The 3rd Virtual VMUG event is Monday, November 9th from 9:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. CT so go sign up and attend so you can hear from great speakers like VMware’s CTO, Paul Strong and Pernix Data’s Chief Technologist and Master Blogger Frank Denneman. You’ll also hear from lots of great sponsors, can network with other VMUG users and even win great  prizes. You can view the full agenda here. So what are you waiting for, go register and wear whatever you want to enjoy the event.


Nov 08 2015

Upcoming webinar on using 2-node or 3-node for hyperconverged

Many SMBs and ROBO deployments using virtual storage desire 2-node configurations instead of the more typical 3-node configuration to help keep costs down. But understanding the pros and cons of 2-nodes versus 3-nodes is important as it can impact your resiliency and uptime. StarWind has a webinar this week (Nov. 10 at 2pm EST) on using 2-node or 3-node for hyperconverged deployments that explains the differences between these configurations so you can choose the model that works best for your requirements. Simply click the image below to sign up.


Nov 05 2015

Top vBlog 2016 coming soon

It’s almost that time of year again, some quick notes about this year’s voting:

  • If you haven’t received last years coin, let me know, I haven’t heard from some people and I think there are a few others that contacted me that I need to send. Drop me an email at esiebert7625 at yahoo dot com.
  • Thank you to this year’s sponsor VMTurbo that helps make all this possible, give them a big shout out for doing this.
  • Last year I had excluded anyone that had not blogged in a year. This year there will be a 8 post minimum in 2015 to be eligible to be on the ballot, this will help weed out many of the non-active bloggers and give the bloggers that are active a better chance. Thank you to Andreas Lesslhumer for all his work counting blog posts.
  • A new year brings a new coin design so every year is unique, I’ve found the coin company I use isn’t all that creative and basically just prints what you tell them to. Last year I hired a designer on fiverr to try and get a good design but I wasn’t too happy with their creativity either. If anyone has any ideas and suggestions for this year or wants to mock up a sketch please let me know. I’ll be using the same metals this year, shiny gold for top 10, antique silver for top 25 and antique copper for top 50. Last year I did a diamond edge on the coin this year I was thinking of doing an hour glass or pleated edge. You can see all the different coin options here. Here’s my rough mock-up so far:

design1-cropLook for posts with more details in the upcoming weeks as we start to kick things off in January.

Nov 04 2015

New free server health monitoring tool from SolarWinds

SolarWinds has just released a new free tool to monitor the health, status and availability of your server hardware. It looks like a stripped down and limited version of their Server & Application Monitor tool. Server Health Monitor provides visibility into the status and performance of critical server hardware components such as fan speed, temperature, power supply, CPU, battery and more. With it you can monitor the status and hardware health metrics of Dell, HP, IBM servers, and VMware ESX/ESXi hypervisors. As it only supports monitoring of up to five servers it’s best for very small environments,  home labs or for monitoring a few key servers. You can download this new free tool here.


Oct 30 2015

Mr. Sloof and VMworld TV is back in action at VMworld EMEA

The VMworld TV crew featuring the notorious blogger Eric Sloof along with his sidekick Jeremy van Doorn were notably missing this year from VMworld in the US. I always enjoyed watching Mr. Sloof in action at VMworld recording video footage and interviews all over the event and producing daily wrap-up videos, so it was disappointing that VMware didn’t bring them to the US event this year. However they were back in action at VMworld EMEA and if you want to get a great summary of what went on over there along with some good interviews be sure and check out the videos on the VMworld YouTube channel. I’ve listed some of them below along with some additional videos from VMworld EMEA that seemed interesting.

Oct 29 2015

Access all the VMworld 2015 session recordings for just $200

VMware has released approximately 50 VMworld 2015 sessions for free but you’re still missing out on tons of other great sessions that are only available to paid attendees. Well now you can get access to all those great recordings for the relatively low price of $200 by purchasing a VMUG Advantage membership. The price of $200 is way cheaper than attending VMworld plus you get a lot of other great benefits that come with VMUG Advantage which include:

  • VMware EVALExperience – 365-day evaluation licenses for personal use in a non-production environment
  • vCloud Air OnDemand Service Credit – $600 in service credit per year which provides access to a cloud-based VMware environment
  • VMware Lab Connect – a self-paced, technical training lab designed to enhance your learning experience
  • $100 USD Discount on VMworld Admission
  • 50% off VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Workstation Software Licenses
  • 20% off VMware Certification Exams
  • 20% off VMware On-Demand, a robust, self-paced learning solution delivering modular training combined with hands-on practice labs, giving you a powerful alternative to traditional classroom training
  • 20% off VMware-Delivered Classes
  • 35% off VMware Lab Connect, a self-paced, technical training lab designed to enhance your learning experience

and of course: access to VMworld 2015 Online Content – a $699 value

All for $200 which is a damn good deal considering the cost of going to VMworld which is thousands of dollars, combined with all the other great stuff you getting it would probably total over $5000.

So head on over and sign-up so you can get started listening to all the great VMworld 2015 session content that is available,

Oct 25 2015

Survey highlights interest in VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) but also challenges

Primary Data conducted a survey of VMworld attendees to find out the level of interest in VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) as well as what are the challenges and concerns that are keeping people from adopting it. The survey had 355 responses which is a good sampling that  probably represents the viewpoints of the majority of VMware customers. The overall results of the survey show strong interest in VVols but also the key challenges that are holding people back from using it.

When asked about the level of involvement of VVols, 41% of respondents were discussing it but 28% had never heard of it. In addition, 12% were not pursuing VVols and had no plans to but 7% have already implemented it and 4% are in the process of implementing it. The remaining 4% were testing VVols.

So lets look at these numbers and what they could mean:

  • 41% discussing VVols – this is a good amount which shows definite interest in VVols, but I believe this group is largely comprised of people that are trying to better understand VVols which includes what are the differences, benefits, use cases, requirements and limitations of VVols.
  • 28% have never heard of it – not surprising as VMware has not really gone out of their way to promote VVols that much. If you look at VMworld you constantly hear about VSAN but VVols receives little recognition in keynotes and other activities, the same is true outside of VMworld, you mainly hear about VSAN from VMware.
  • 12% are not pursuing VVols – this group may include SMB customers and those with smaller environments that feel that they don’t need VVols and what they are already using works just fine for them. It may also include people that use DAS or software defined storage such as VSAN or VSA as well as customers who arrays do not support VVols.
  • 7% have implemented it already – I’m a little surprised that this is that high given the limited support from array vendors for VVols and with EMC still not supporting it and 57% of the survey respondents were using EMC storage. I’d bet that these people are mainly testing it out with some non-critical VMs, I’d be more interested in knowing how much this group has implemented it in their environment.
  • 4% are in the process of implementing it – Given that VVols is fairly easy to implement I’m guessing that this group is either waiting for their array vendor to support VVols, waiting to upgrade to vSphere 6 or to upgrade their array to the firmware that supports VVols.
  • 4% are testing VVols – I thought this number would be higher as you can run VVols alongside VMFS, I can see the people that have implemented VVols already or that are in the process as also being the ones that are testing VVols.

These numbers are pretty much in line with what I’ve seen and heard. When I’ve presented at VMUGs and VMworld this year I always ask how many people have heard of VVols and I see more than half the hands go up, when I ask who understands VVols I see much less hands and when I ask who has implemented I see very few hands.

I previously did a long detailed post on my thoughts around VVols adoption and reasons why people should adopt now and why they should wait. I think the biggest barriers right now are VVols being a 1.0 release, lack of replication support, lack of understanding what it is, the vSphere 6 requirement and lack of array support. If you look at the 1.0 release of VSAN it was the same way, because of limitations, lack of understanding and what not there was not large scale adoption, this is pretty much true of any 1.0 product. I don’t expect to see the implementing percentage for VVols go a lot higher for at least a year until it matures and the SAN vendors catch up.

Now lets look at the challenges around VVols adoption that were highlighted in the survey and what they could mean:

  • 63% said lack of VVols expertise – this is understandable, it takes time to get experience and knowledge and VVols is fundamentally a lot different than VMFS. This is a fairly easy challenge to overcome though, I’ve seen a lot of documentation from vendors and VMware to help people with this, check out my huge link collection on VVols for more info and resources.
  • 56% said performance issues – say what, I’m not sure what people are thinking here, VVols will not cause performance issues and performs on par with VMFS, however VVols will also not fix existing performance issues either. It sounds like a great number of people have storage performance issues already and want to focus on fixing that before looking at VVols.
  • 54% said migration issues – OK, migrating existing VMs to VVols is a slow and painful process using Storage vMotion but you can run VVols alongside VMFS and do it over time. I don’t see this being an issue just a slow process, this might be focused on underlying implementation issues such as migrating to vSphere 6 and migrating to array firmware that supports VVols.
  • 52% said organization roadblocks – I can see several things here, push back from SAN admins that don’t like VVols because they lose some control, change control processes, data center politics, refresh cycles that are pushing it out, lack of selling it to upper management, etc. Again this shouldn’t be too difficult to overcome but it will probably take time to do so.
  • 51% said reliability issues – again, huh? VVols aren’t really any less or more reliable than VMFS and there really haven’t been any major issues that I’ve seen related to implementing them. Once again I think this one points back to underlying existing reliability issues with storage which VVols isn’t going to solve and customers unwilling to deploy VVols until they fix reliability issues.
  • 46% said cost – I sure hope these people know that VVols isn’t a product or feature that you have to license, it’s a new storage architecture that is built into vSphere and is included in all editions. Other than that the only reasons I can think of that someone would say cost is if they have to pay to upgrade to vSphere 6 or buy storage that supports VVols.
  • 43% said lack of vendor support – given that 57% of the survey respondents had EMC storage which does not yet support VVols this percentage perfectly aligns with that. Today there are only 10 storage vendors that do support VVols with the biggest ones being HP, IBM, Dell, NetApp and HDS. This will simply take time for vendors to catch up and deliver mature VVol implementations.

You can see most of the challenges seem to focus more on existing storage issues in customer environments not related to VVols. The survey does a good job of highlighting the many issues that customers have with storage in their environments, particularly around performance and availability. Lack of expertise and lack of array support seem to be the biggest VVol challenges related to adoption which will simply take time to overcome. You can see the full survey results and raw data at this link.

Oct 18 2015

Win a Home Lab that you can fit in your pocket

Well you might not be able to fit it all in your pocket but at least the server will fit. VMTurbo is giving away a TurboStack Home Lab and all you have to do for a chance to win is watch a video.

turbostackWhat is the TurboStack?

The TurboStack was created to enable you to experiment with OpenStack safely in your own home lab. Leveraging the OpenStack Juno build, the TurboStack also includes a full NFR License to VMTurbo 5.2. Every TurboStack Home Lab is individually assembled by a VMTurbo engineer and includes:

  • 1x Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK
  • 2x Corsair 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1x 256GB Samsung 850 Evo mSATA Drives
  • 1x Synology DS415 4-Bay NAS
  • 2x Western Digital 1TB 3.5″ SATA Drives
  • 1x Cisco SG300 10-Port Gigabit Managed Switch
  • 5x Ethernet Cables

Now a NUC isn’t some sort of an Eskimo computer, it stands for Next Unit of Computing and is a little powerhouse of hardware packed into a very small footprint. The Intel NUC measures about 4.5 inches in height and width and just 1.25 inches in height, you literally could slip it into your pocket.

NUC1-panoDespite it’s very small form factor the Intel NUC5i5RYK comes with an Intel I5-5250U processor with dual-cores running up to 2.7Ghz in Turbo mode. It supports up to 16GB of RAM using DDR3L SODIMMs and supports a M.2 Key Type M SSD card for storage. It comes with a wired 1Gb network port and also supports wireless 802.11AC. For connectivity it has the following ports: Mini-HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, headphone/microphone and 4 – USB 3.0 ports.

Along with the NUC you get some great shared storage with the Synology DS-415 that supports iSCSI, NFS and a lot of other connectivity options, you also get a nice Cisco SG300 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch to tie it all together. So how do you win this awesome combo, it’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Go to VMTurbo’s website and watch a short video
  2. Submit the entry form on the page
  3. Wait until their next drawing on Oct 31st, 2015 to see if you are the lucky winner

Not only do you get to learn about a great management product for your vSphere environment but you could also walk away with a great home lab to learn more about OpenStack.

Oct 17 2015

VMworld 2016 at Mandalay Bay – does it have enough room and you can pre-register now

vmworld-2016At VMworld this year VMware announced that next year VMworld will be going back to Vegas next year but not at it’s usual location of The Venetian/Palazzo & the Sands Expo Center, but instead at Mandalay Bay. This change was made because the Moscone Center is under-going renovations next year, so for whatever reasons (i.e. costs, availability) it will be held at Mandalay Bay instead of the Venetian.

This won’t be the first time VMworld was held at Mandalay Bay, in 2008 & 2011 it was held at the Venetian but in 2005 (2nd VMworld) it was held at the Mandalay Bay. Now back then VMworld was much smaller with only 3,500 people attending in 2005, so with attendance today around the 24,000 mark how well will it fit at Mandalay Bay compared to the Venetian and Moscone Center?

The Moscone Center is fairly small despite being in 3 buildings (North, South & West) and totals around 700,000 square feet of exhibition space. In contrast the Sands Expo Center (Venetian) has over 2.25 million square feet of show floor and meeting space and between the Venetian and Palazzo hotels offers more than 7,000 suites all under one roof with an additional 40,000 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk away. Just the exhibition hall alone at the Sands Expo Center is 380,000 square feet. So as you can see the Moscone Center is pretty cramped when compared to the much roomier Sands Expo Center.

While not as large as the Sands Expo Center, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center dwarfs Moscone as well with over 1.7 million square feet of space available and a 577,000 square foot exhibition hall. Mandalay Bay also contains around 4,700 hotel rooms with the adjacent Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons and THEhotel hotels. There are also enclosed walkways and trams that connect it to the Luxor (4,400 rooms) and Excalibur (4,000 rooms) hotels along with many other nearby hotels.

mandalay-baySo VMworld next year will definitely have plenty of space to stretch out in, I was at the Mandalay Bay in 2013 when VMware Partner Exchange was held there and it’s a nice facility. The rooms might not be as nice as the Venetian/Palazzo suites but it’s not bad and you can get more upscale rooms at attached THEhotel.

I think a nice side effect of VMworld going back to Vegas is that more people will likely attend as it’s much more affordable and accessible than San Francisco is especially without the insane hotel prices. There will also be much less walking all over the place and more available space should allow for more exhibitors and more sessions.

VMware has a VMworld 2016 pre-registration page up now where you can put in your info to be notified as soon as registration opens next year. So go sign up and see you in Vegas baby!

Oct 03 2015

VMworld 2015 US sessions now available for download

I previously wrote on how you could access the VMworld sessions via the Mobile App on a smartphone or tablet or via a PC through Schedule Builder. However those methods only allowed you to stream the content, not save it for offline viewing. Some people prefer the download method so they can copy it to a device for offline playback or just save their favorite sessions on their PC. Well that’s all changed as VMware has updated their VMworld page so you can now access the sessions through their main session playback page and either watch them or download them.

Don’t go to this page from the main VMworld page, it looks like an old page and doesn’t have the 2015 sessions yet. You have to click on US conference and then click the session playback link all the way at the bottom of the page which brings you to the page with the 2015 sessions added to it. Click the link and it asks you to verify that you were a paid attendee by putting in your name and email address, that seems odd as you would expect to login with your credentials instead. I tested this out and all it is really looking for is that your email address matches what you registered for VMworld with, I put in a different name and it still took it.

Once you are verified it will bring up the sessions list which you can select by track or search for sessions. You will have the option to watch a session or download it. If you select the option to download it a packaged download is created in .zip file format which contains the .mp4 video file of the session along with other files to support standalone playback of the sessions in a browser.

vmworld-sessions-edit2The size of these .zip files varies from around 250MB – 500MB depending on if it has video or not (just slides). Once downloaded you can extract the zip file which creates a bunch of files and folders, to start watching the session you can click the default.html file which will launch the playback in a browser using Silverlight or an alternate method (i.e. flash, java). Alternately you can go into the content sub-directory and launch the .mp4 video using your video player of choice.


Sep 29 2015

Want to learn more about VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols), here’s 3 great sessions to help you

VMware recently released about 50 VMworld 2015 sessions to the general public and within those there are 3 great sessions on VVols that will help you better understand the architecture and what VVols is all about. The sessions are all pretty technical which is good, one is from VMware and two of them are from storage partners (one of them is mine!).

The first session features Ken Werneburg and Patrick Dirks from VMware, Ken is a storage technical marketing guy and Patrick is on the engineering side so their is a lot of great technical deep dive content on VVols in this session.

STO4649 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive (Ken Werneburg, VMware – Patrick Dirks, VMware)

The second session features Andy Banta from SolidFire along with Ken Werneburg from VMware, it has a lot of cool real world analogies that explain how the components in VVols work.

STO5074 – Explaining Advanced Virtual Volumes Configurations (Ken Werneburg, VMware – Andy Banta, SolidFire)

The final session is mine and covers a wide range of topics on VVols including the architecture, benefits, migration, VAAI, implementation, thin provisioning and snapshots, backups and much more.

STO5888 – Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (Eric Siebert, HP)

And if after watching these you want to learn even more about VVols check out my huge Virtual Volumes link collection which also features links specific to each vendor.


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